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December 1, 2015 / 19 Kislev, 5776
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The ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ is Anti-Israel & Anti-Peace

The JVP claims to be a Jewish movement that values peace but instead promotes the BDS Movement, supports the "Palestinian right of return," and works to undermine true peace and security for Israel.
An image on the Jewish Voice for Peace website.

An image on the Jewish Voice for Peace website.

The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), classified as one of the ten worst anti-Israel organizations in the US by the Anti-Defemation League, partook in Harvard’s One State Conference, supports a Palestinian right of return, which remains the main obstacle to peace, and promotes the BDS Movement. According to a report published by NGO Monitor, they also seek to create a barrier between the American Jewish community and Israel with the goal of diminishing American support for the Jewish state. They work under the presumption that their Jewishness lends legitimacy to ideas that would otherwise not gain as much traction if uttered by a non-Jewish person.

As JVP Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson reiterated, “I think part of our job as the Jewish wing of the [Palestinian solidarity] movement, is to facilitate conversations inside the Jewish community… So, I think it’s very important to think sort of how we plan a wedge… So, I think that the more and more we can sort of put that wedge in, saying the Jewish community’s not agreeing on these issues, the more we’ll make progress.” Heike Schotten, an activist in Boston’s JVP Chapter, further explained, “Groups like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) […] drive a wedge between Zionism and Judaism, demonstrating by their very existence that not all Jews are Zionists.

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One of the Jewish Voice for Peace’s recent initiatives is to urge Sur La Table to stop selling SodaStream, a product originating from an Israeli company operating out of Judea and Samaria. As United With Israel has previously reported, SodaStream builds bridges for peace by offering Palestinian Arabs high quality jobs that can provide them with a decent standard of living. Additionally, SodaStream produces an environmentally sustainable product that allows for soda to be produced inside ones home. Despite these facts, at a Jewish Voice for Peace demonstration, JVP activists chanted: “Occupation is not green! Stop selling SodaStream! Occupation is not green! Stop selling SodaStream!”

According the Anti Defamation League, “While JVP’s activists try to portray themselves as Jewish critics of Israel, their ideology is nothing but a complete rejection of Israel.”


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About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."

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8 Responses to “The ‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ is Anti-Israel & Anti-Peace”

  1. Elise Ronan says:

    it is also a violation of US law to participate in the economic boycott of Israel.

  2. American Jews are increasingly despising Israel and Israel's religious fanaticism, racism and war-mongering. I support the BDS movement.

  3. So your not Jewish if you don't support Israeli government policies?

  4. careful – you are showing your ignorance and stupidity

  5. careful – you are showing your ignorance and stupidity

  6. Many African-Americans are sick and tried of our legacy being stolen by people who know nothing about the reality of our struggle. If self-hating Jewish groups (like JVP) want to advocate for their own destruction, that's their prerogative. But please stop invoking our icons as if we approve. Dr. King (along with A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Rosa Parks and many other civil rights warriors) was a Zionist; a pro-Israel defender of the Jewish people. Legitimate criticism of any government should be the mark of freedom. BDS's goal is the dismantling of the State of Israel.

  7. The fact that they need to be so sneaky about it is proof that they're up to no good.

  8. On another note, most Jews who support anti-Zionism do so out of fear. They think coddling antisemites will grant them safety, even some popularity as "the Jews who could see the truth". They also believe that Zionism, and the State of Israel, set Jews apart from other people, as a nation and not a religion.

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